That's what the Nobel Peace Prize seems to be worth. Among the laureates are Yasser Arafat (1994), Kofi Annan and the U.N. (2001), Jimmy Carter (2002), and now we've got Al Gore, that self-proclaimed inventor of the internet and propagator of Oscar-winning science fiction. Who's next, Kim Jong-il?
Alfred Nobel, in his will, described the five prizes to be awarded, and mentioning the Peace Prize, he wrote:
...and one part to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.
Gore's propoganda rampage has done none of the above. There is no scientific consensus (a grasp at 'fraternity between nations'?) on anthropogenic global warming--many scientists, at the risk of being ridiculed, have spoken out about the stretched truths/untruths of Gore's mock-umentary, as did Dr. William Gray, one of the world's foremost meteorologists:
But Dr Gray, whose annual forecasts of the number of tropical storms and hurricanes are widely publicised, said a natural cycle of ocean water temperatures - related to the amount of salt in ocean water - was responsible for the global warming that he acknowledges has taken place.
However, he said, that same cycle meant a period of cooling would begin soon and last for several years.
"We'll look back on all of this in 10 or 15 years and realise how foolish it was," Dr Gray said.
During his speech to a crowd of about 300 that included meteorology students and a host of professional meteorologists, Dr Gray also said those who had linked global warming to the increased number of hurricanes in recent years were in error.
He cited statistics showing there were 101 hurricanes from 1900 to 1949, in a period of cooler global temperatures, compared to 83 from 1957 to 2006 when the earth warmed.
"The human impact on the atmosphere is simply too small to have a major effect on global temperatures," Dr Gray said.
Oh, and how many people heard that a U.K. judge ruled An Inconvenient Truth was "a political film", and that its claims were "alarmist" and "exaggerated"? The judge named nine "convenient untruths" in the film. Yes, the judge did rule that the film could be shown in U.K. classrooms, but not without a warning label of some type.
Peace, my foot. As a friend of mine said, "Green peace doesn't mean Nobel peace."
Cross-posted on The Celebrity.
Posted by Cydney at October 14, 2007
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